Susan Kime

Correspondent

  • Northern Utah, USA

correspondent Susan Kime is based in Northern Utah and covers Salt Lake City and Park City for Forbes Travel Guide. Kime has written for luxury outlets including Robb Report, Stratos, Caviar Affair, JustlLuxe, LuxurySociety, Luxist and Pursuitist. She has covered experiential travel, hotel restorations and renovations, vacation clubs and food and wine. Though a native Californian, Kime has lived in the White Mountains of Northern Arizona, Nova Scotia, New York and Tucson. She now lives in high-altitude Utah ski country with her husband and beagle.

  • On May 27, 2013
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    What are the best activities to do in Salt Lake City?

    Salt Lake City CVB The largest attraction in Utah is Temple Square, home to the World Headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints. There are many activites to do at Temple Square, in addition to admiring the Great Mormon Temple. The Tabernacle, right next to the Temple, is where the Mormon Tabernacle Choir sings on Sunday, and rehearses on Thursday nights at 8pm. The public is welcome. The Church History Museum has an interactive exhibit for children, and tours can be taken of the historic Beehive House, home to one of the famous 19th century Church leaders, Brigham Young. The Family History Library is also a fascinating place, where you can actually discover more of your personal family history, through the voluminous collections of birth and death records. In the spring and summer, you can walk around the gardens that surround the 35 acres of Temple Square. There are 250 flowerbeds, with more than 700 varieties of plants that have collected from all over the world. If you visit around Christmas, the light and nativity displays are dazzling. 

    Tracy Aviary and Liberty Park
    This is a place where you can be educated about birds, though it is occasionally a bit noisy with birdcalls. With eight acres of aviary home to 135 species of birds, peacocks walk through the public areas, as if they owned the place. Oh, wait — they do! Liberty Park is where Tracy Aviary is located, and many activities are available in its 80 acres. The children can enjoy the water features, or play in one of the parks. There are some live shows that include some of the birds, and also a lake with paddleboat rentals. 

    The Hogle Zoo
    More than 800 animals live at the Hogle Zoo, on 42 acres, at the mouth of Emigration Canyon. Some great exhibits are the Elephant Encounter, featuring a family of elephants and Asian Highlands, home to leopards, tigers and other large cats. There is a carousel ride and interactive animal shows for children, also.

    Mill Creek Canyon

    For those who like to hike, there are trails at Mill Creek that suit professionals, beginners and families of hikers. The Pipeline Trails is an easy hike, about six miles, and has great views. In winter, there is exceptional skiing and snowshoeing. There is also Grandeur Peak, that rises to 8,299 feet, and at the end, has a panoramic view of the Salt Lake Valley. Mill Creek Canyon is dog friendly: even numbered days dogs can be on leash, odd numbered days, dogs can be off-leash on trails only. There are 10 major picnic areas, and a mountain Yurt. In winter, The Yurt can be rented, and proves a primitive winter camping experience for between four and eight people.

  • On May 25, 2013
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    What are the best bars in Park City?

    Similar to many other attractions and activities in Park City, the best bars are really determined by your age and how you define, “best.”  Some like loud, live music where you can toss peanut shells on the floor, others like refinement, where you can sip cocktails in relative peace. The good news is that Park City runs the gamut.  Here are some of the best to choose from.

    High West 
    High West Distillery and Saloon is Utah’s first legal distillery since 1870. Located at exactly 7,000 feet above sea level in historic Old Town Park City, High West is the world’s only ski-in gastro-distillery. What this means is you can ski into the area, and eat there as well as drink. Distillery visitors can eat western bar food next to a hand hammered copper pot still. This venue is in a renovated 100-year-old livery stable and Victorian mining-era home, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The High West Saloon is adjacent to the distillery. 

    Butchers Chop House & Bar
    Butcher's is located at the base of the town ski lift, and offers great food and bar service.   Their signature cocktails are wonderful: for summer, there is the Washington Pear, The Raspberry Cosmo, and our favorite the Blueberry Lemon Drop.

    No Name Saloon
    No Name Saloon has exceptional bar food, the Buffalo Burger especially good, and there are many types of draft beer. In summer, the rooftop affords great views. Their motto? “Helping People Forget Their Names since 1903."

    St. Regis Bar And Lounge
    For the more quiet and elegant, there is the St. Regis Bar And Lounge, located at the St. Regis Deer Valley. Their Signature Bloody Mary (most the major St. Regis Resorts have different variations) is called the 7452 Mary, a blend of their famous Bloody Mary mix as well as  the oat-distilled Vodka 7000 from the local High West Distillery. It is served with a salt rim and wasabi-celery foam.  In addition, are two St. Regis Wine Vaults, where you can drink exceptional wine by the bottle or glass.  You can enjoy winemaker dinners, or use the Vaults for intimate parties and receptions.
  • On May 21, 2013
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    What are the best hotels in Salt Lake City?

    The Grand America Hotel/Grand America Grand America Hotel
    The Grand America Hotel is a large, ornate hotel somewhat reminiscent of the Plaza Hotel in New York.   A Four Star Forbes Travel Guide recipient, The Grand America is replete with Victorian styling, gilded wall paneling, and antique furnishings. It also is the only Utah hotel we know of that provides art tours of the hotel for the guests.  The hotel services include complimentary wireless Internet access, airport transportation, a pool. There is a Grand Spa and many places to eat, especially the Garden Café. For those with a sweet tooth, La Bon Vie is an on-property patisserie whose French macarons are exceptional. Even though the decor is formal, the service is very friendly.

    Hotel Monaco
    The Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City is a Kimpton property,with large guest rooms, flat-panel TVs and Nintendo gaming systems. This hotel also hosts daily wine receptions, and the Bambara Restaurant, one of the best in town, is on property. And if Bambara looks vaguely familiar to old-time Salt Lake visitors, it is because the restaurant is in the renovated, historic Continental Bank lobby. Its bar/lounge is called The Vault. The renovation won a Utah Heritage Foundation award for its innovation and beauty. In winter, the Monaco's on-site ski concierge can arrange for equipment rentals and lift tickets.  

    The Peery Hotel
    This is a century old hotel located in the center of everything, mainly because it was here FIRST. It is the only Utah hotel that's on the National Historic Registry, and it is within walking distance to the Convention Center, Temple Square, the Energy Solution Center where the Utah Jazz ( the Basketball team) play.  The Peery has 73 rooms, all non-smoking, has Tempur-Pedic beds, flat screen TVs, and a Macaroni Grill on property.                                                                                                                                

  • On May 21, 2013
    Susan Kime answered the question: Susan Kime

    What are the best hotels in Salt Lake City?

    The Grand America Hotel/Grand America Grand America Hotel
    The Grand America Hotel is a large, ornate hotel somewhat reminiscent of the Plaza Hotel in New York.   A Four Star Forbes Travel Guide recipient, The Grand America is replete with Victorian styling, gilded wall paneling, and antique furnishings. It also is the only Utah hotel we know of that provides art tours of the hotel for the guests.  The hotel services include complimentary wireless Internet access, airport transportation, a pool. There is a Grand Spa and many places to eat, especially the Garden Café. For those with a sweet tooth, La Bon Vie is an on-property patisserie whose French macarons are exceptional. Even though the decor is formal, the service is very friendly.

    Hotel Monaco
    The Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City is a Kimpton property,with large guest rooms, flat-panel TVs and Nintendo gaming systems. This hotel also hosts daily wine receptions, and the Bambara Restaurant, one of the best in town, is on property. And if Bambara looks vaguely familiar to old-time Salt Lake visitors, it is because the restaurant is in the renovated, historic Continental Bank lobby. Its bar/lounge is called The Vault. The renovation won a Utah Heritage Foundation award for its innovation and beauty. In winter, the Monaco's on-site ski concierge can arrange for equipment rentals and lift tickets.  

    The Peery Hotel
    This is a century old hotel located in the center of everything, mainly because it was here FIRST. It is the only Utah hotel that's on the National Historic Registry, and it is within walking distance to the Convention Center, Temple Square, the Energy Solution Center where the Utah Jazz ( the Basketball team) play.  The Peery has 73 rooms, all non-smoking, has Tempur-Pedic beds, flat screen TVs, and a Macaroni Grill on property.                                                                                                                                

  • On May 20, 2013
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    What are the best restaurants in Park City?

    The Apex Restaurant at Montage Deer Valley/ Courtesy Montage Hotel & Resorts SLOPES by Talisker
    This restaurant, the fine dining component of the Waldorf Astoria Park City and a Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star recipient, is an exceptional dining experience due to Executive Chef Clement Gelas. The menus are seasonal, and much of the food is locally sourced and personally chosen by Chef himself. Taste combinations include mushroom ravioli with shaved truffles and sage brown butter. We ate something we had never seen before — bacon jam. Live and learn!

    Talisker On Main
    Talisker On Main has been considered one of the culinary meccas in Park City, partly because of the many awards it has garnered — from Wine Spectator, Salt Lake City Magazine and City Weekly. The menu changes seasonally and many ingredients are locally sourced. As an example, the Spice Chicken has Slide Ridge Honey from Mendon, Utah, locally grown greens, along with the chicken and biscuits. The Brussel sprouts recipe contains bacon from Tuhaye, a local area, and the hazelnuts, high desert Goji berries and pomegranate that are also locally/regionally sourced.

    APEX at Montage
    The Montage is the highest elevated resort/hotel in the Park City — about 9,200 feet at Empire Pass. The Montage's signature restaurant, Apex , is a Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurant, no doubt due to its exceptional food preparations and sweeping views. Like it's name, Apex has a perfect top-most view of Aspen groves, and apexes of the Unita/Wasatch mountain range. This restaurant, also with farm-to-table ingredients, specializes in classic hearty meals, so often needed by skiers and snowboarders in winter, and hikers, and zip-liners in the summer. ON the menu, we had elk loin with black trumpet mushrooms, and fresh, locally caught trout amandine. 

    The Bistro
    Located at the Silverado Lodge at Canyons Resort, this restaurant serves modern American Kosher cuisine, as well traditional Sabbath fare for Friday dinner and Saturday lunch. The Bistro offers an extensive menu that includes, of course, exceptional pastrami sandwiches, with house-made pastrami, pickled slaw, sweet onions, and grain mustard on dark rye.  All meals are certified Kosher by not one, but two Rabbis.

  • On May 20, 2013
    Susan Kime answered the question: Susan Kime

    What are the best attractions in Park City?

    Park City at night/Courtesy Park City Chamber Of Commerce Park City is a winter paradise, where skiing, snowboarding and all other things that demand snow are here for the asking in the winter months — and those months can go often from the end of October until May. This year, 2013, the snow finally ended during the first week of May. The snow in Utah is dry and powdery, which makes for some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the United States. This is no doubt the reason why Park City was the home to the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. That said, other great attractions are:

    The Sundance Film Festival. Most of the films in this annual festival are shown in Park City. The festival started out as a low-budget, low profile, outside-Hollywood event, but now it is a media spectacle for Hollywood actors, producers, directors, paparazzi and multiple entourages. In 2012, there were 46,731 attendees, making it one of the largest independent film festivals in the United States. Held in January in Park City, the festival is a showcase for new work from American and international independent filmmakers, who debut American and international dramatic and documentary films, both feature-length films and short films.

    Utah Olympic Park
    Utah Olympic Park is located in Park City just before arriving to the historic Old Town center. Things you can do at the Park include zip line rides and bobsled rides, both very FAST! In winter you can shoot down the bobsled track, which is the same one used in the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. It is one minute in duration, but it is not for the faint of heart and the ride can go up to 80mph. In summer, the bobsled still moves, but on wheels, as there is no ice to move it along (it still garners speeds up tp 70mph). Check out the ski museum, shops and theater.

    Main Street Park City
    The thing is, Park City used to be a substantial mining town in the 1880's, where over $400 million of silver, it is said, was taken from the silver veins in the nearby mountains. In the evenings, miners and their friends, would carouse until the light of day. Now the history and the memories of that time are symbolized by historic Old Town Main Street. Many buildings on Main Street are part of the National Historic Register. Main Street is the heart of Park City, and though winter is the busiest time — there are three world-class ski resorts within minutes of Old Town — there are still many things to do that don't involve snow. There are art galleries, boutiques and antique stores. One word of caution, remember the altitude: it is about 7,000 feet here, so take water and maybe a piece of hard candy with you. Another good thing to remember is that the bus system is free as is the Historic Main Street Trolley. 

    Deer Valley Music Festival
    During the summer, mid-July to mid-August, the Snow Park Lodge Amphitheater is host to the Deer Valley Music Festival. There are three parts to the area: stage left is the blanket side, the middle is reserved, and the right is for lawn chairs. On the blanket side, you can get closer to the stage. Pack a dinner, bring a blanket, and enjoy the ambiance.
  • On May 20, 2013
    Susan Kime answered the question: Susan Kime

    What are the best kids’ activities in Park City?

    It depends on the season, but here are some that my family really love, especially in summer. 

    Winter:
    Ice Skating – Two rinks are located at the base of Park City Mountain Resort and Park City Ice Arena.
    Snow Tubing Gorgoza Park offers snow tubing for families and mini-snowmobiles for kids ages 5-12, weight limit 110lbs. 

    Summer
    Alpine Coaster/Alpine Slide/Flying Eagle Zip Line. Zip lines are located at Canyons Resort, Park City Mountain Resort and Utah Olympic Park. Alpine slides are located at Park City Mountain Resort and Utah Olympic Park. The Alpine Coaster is Utah's only one, and is a vehicle on a coaster track, really fun, and is located at Park City Mountain Resort only. It is open in winter and summer only. 

    In addition to zip lines, alpine slides, and the Alpine Coaster, Park City Mountain Resort also offers miniature golf,  and a Legacy Launcher where kids are strapped in a bungee harness to bounce and flip on trampolines. There's also a climbing wall, and merry-go-round.  

    Scenic Chairlift Rides are available at three mountain resorts — Deer Valley ResortCanyons Resort, Park City Mountain Resort, and Utah Olympic Park

    Color Me Mine is a paint your own pottery studio located in Kimball Junction — 11 miles north of Park City — and is  great for families or just the kids. The studio offers “Kids Night Out” where parents drop their kids off for painting, games, a movie and pizza while the parents can have a night out on their own.

    At Monkey Mountain, parents can drop their children off for hourly childcare, or come and play together in the safety and comfort of the giant supervised Playlandm, which has 4,000 square feet of interactive play features, a toddler soft-play Zone and a massive 4-tier tree house play structure. There's also a contemporary parent’s lounge with free Wi-Fi, large flat-screen TVs and a magnificent view of the great outdoors.
     
  • On May 20, 2013
    Susan Kime answered the question: Susan Kime

    What are the best hotels in Park City?

    Waldorf Astoria Park City/Susan Kime Best Hotels In Park City:

    The high end branded hotels – St. Regis Deer Valley, Montage Deer Valley (at about 9,200 feet high, the highest of the high ends in Park City) and the Waldorf Astoria at the Canyons are all excellent hotels and resorts, with great spas and winter/summer activities. I have stayed at all of these, but those chosen below, including the Waldorf, have all those amenities mentioned plus something a little extra: The Washington School House, a unique history; The Sky Lodge, a larger luxury suites for families; the Waldorf, The Golden Door spa and Executive Chef Clement Gelas. 

    Washington School House 
    Built as one of the three original schools in Park City, Utah, the school was named for George Washington.   Unlike other buildings and business that perished in the Great Fire of 1898, the hammered limestone façade of the school house survived.  In 1984 the building was purchased and renovated into a bed and breakfast, The Washington School Inn, served its visitors and community well for many years until a new idea – the boutique hotel – emerged. After another renovation, this preserved 1889 limestone edifice reopened in December 2011. This is a beautiful, comfortable place, with a sense of education and history that cannot be torn down now matter how many renovations have been completed.

    The Sky Lodge
    There are several luxury hotels scattered around Park City, but the The Sky Lodge is the only all-suite, luxury hotel right in town, at the corner of Heber and Main. There are just 33 suites, many large enough to house two families, from 1,200 to 2,700 square feet each. It is one block from Park City Mountain Resort's Town Lift, five minutes from Deer Valley Resort and ten minutes from Canyons Resort, and 35-40 minutes from the Salt lake City Airport. It is quite an elegant place, with its own spa, The Amatsu. This spa specializes in Japanese Body Ruitals and has an Ofuru, a Japanese wooded soaking tub, an unusual experience it itself. The Sky Lodge is also next door to Robert Redford’s excellent restaurant, Zoom. 

    Waldorf Astoria Park City
    The Waldorf Astoria Park City is the first ski resort added to Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, and is a Four-Star Forbes Travel Guide award winner. Located at the base of Canyons Resorts in Park City, the Waldorf has 175 guest rooms, suites and wholly owned residences, all with exceptional views of the ski slopes and the Wastach mountain range. The Waldorf is a ski-in/ski out resort, with a dedicated Waldorf Gondola that provides year 'round access to 4,000 acres of hiking and skiing terrain. The resort is also home to the exceptional Golden Door Spa, only one of five in the world. The food is also sublime — especially at Slopes, the Waldorf's award-winning fine dining restaurant, under the baton of Executive Chef Clement Gelas. 

     
  • On May 20, 2013
    Susan Kime answered the question: Susan Kime

    What are the best hotels in Park City?

    Waldorf Astoria Park City/Susan Kime Best Hotels In Park City:

    The high end branded hotels – St. Regis Deer Valley, Montage Deer Valley (at about 9,200 feet high, the highest of the high ends in Park City) and the Waldorf Astoria at the Canyons are all excellent hotels and resorts, with great spas and winter/summer activities. I have stayed at all of these, but those chosen below, including the Waldorf, have all those amenities mentioned plus something a little extra: The Washington School House, a unique history; The Sky Lodge, a larger luxury suites for families; the Waldorf, The Golden Door spa and Executive Chef Clement Gelas. 

    Washington School House 
    Built as one of the three original schools in Park City, Utah, the school was named for George Washington.   Unlike other buildings and business that perished in the Great Fire of 1898, the hammered limestone façade of the school house survived.  In 1984 the building was purchased and renovated into a bed and breakfast, The Washington School Inn, served its visitors and community well for many years until a new idea – the boutique hotel – emerged. After another renovation, this preserved 1889 limestone edifice reopened in December 2011. This is a beautiful, comfortable place, with a sense of education and history that cannot be torn down now matter how many renovations have been completed.

    The Sky Lodge
    There are several luxury hotels scattered around Park City, but the The Sky Lodge is the only all-suite, luxury hotel right in town, at the corner of Heber and Main. There are just 33 suites, many large enough to house two families, from 1,200 to 2,700 square feet each. It is one block from Park City Mountain Resort's Town Lift, five minutes from Deer Valley Resort and ten minutes from Canyons Resort, and 35-40 minutes from the Salt lake City Airport. It is quite an elegant place, with its own spa, The Amatsu. This spa specializes in Japanese Body Ruitals and has an Ofuru, a Japanese wooded soaking tub, an unusual experience it itself. The Sky Lodge is also next door to Robert Redford’s excellent restaurant, Zoom. 

    Waldorf Astoria Park City
    The Waldorf Astoria Park City is the first ski resort added to Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, and is a Four-Star Forbes Travel Guide award winner. Located at the base of Canyons Resorts in Park City, the Waldorf has 175 guest rooms, suites and wholly owned residences, all with exceptional views of the ski slopes and the Wastach mountain range. The Waldorf is a ski-in/ski out resort, with a dedicated Waldorf Gondola that provides year 'round access to 4,000 acres of hiking and skiing terrain. The resort is also home to the exceptional Golden Door Spa, only one of five in the world. The food is also sublime — especially at Slopes, the Waldorf's award-winning fine dining restaurant, under the baton of Executive Chef Clement Gelas. 

     
  • On May 20, 2013
    Susan Kime answered the question: Susan Kime

    What are the best hotels in Park City?

    Waldorf Astoria Park City/Susan Kime Best Hotels In Park City:

    The high end branded hotels – St. Regis Deer Valley, The Montage (at about 9,200 feet high, the highest of the high ends in Park City) and the Waldorf Astoria at The Canyons are all excellent hotels and resorts, with great spas and winter/summer activities. I have stayed at all of these, but those chosen below, including the Waldorf, have all those amenities mentioned plus something a little extra: The Washington School House, a unique history; The Sky Lodge, a larger luxury suites for families; the Waldorf, The Golden Door spa and Executive Chef Clement Gelas. 

    Washington School House 
    Built as one of the three original schools in Park City, Utah, the school was named for George Washington.   Unlike other buildings and business that perished in the Great Fire of 1898, the hammered limestone façade of the school house survived.  In 1984 the building was purchased and renovated into a bed and breakfast, The Washington School Inn, served its visitors and community well for many years until a new idea – the boutique hotel – emerged. After another renovation, this preserved 1889 limestone edifice reopened in December 2011. This is a beautiful, comfortable place, with a sense of education and history that cannot be torn down now matter how many renovations have been completed.

    The Sky Lodge
    There are several luxury hotels scattered around Park City, but the The Sky Lodge is the only all-suite, luxury hotel right IN TOWN, at the corner of Heber and Main.  There are just 33 suites, many large enough to house two families, from 1200 – 2700 square feet each.  It is one block from Park City Mountain Resort's Town Lift, five minutes from Deer Valley Resort and ten minutes from Canyons Resort. And 35-40 minutes from the Salt lake City Airport.  It is quite an elegant place, with its own spa, The Amatsu.  This spa specializes in Japanese Body Ruitals and has an Ofuru, a Japanese wooded soaking tub, an unusual experience it itself.  The Sky Lodge is also next door to Robert Redford’s excellent restaurant, Zoom. 
    www.theskylodge.com

    Waldorf Astoria Park City
    The Waldorf Astoria Park City is the first ski resort added to Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, and is a Four Star Forbes award winner.  Located at the base of Canyons Resorts in Park City, Utah, the Waldorf has 175 guest rooms, suites, and wholly owned residences, all with exceptional views of the ski slopes and the Wastach mountain range.  The Waldorf is a ski-in/ski out resort, with a dedicated Waldorf Gondola that provides year 'round access to 4000 acres of hiking and skiing terrain. The Resort is also home to the exceptional Golden Door Spa, only one of five in the world.  The food is also sublime -- especially at Slopes, the Waldorf's awards-winning fine dining restaurant, under the baton of Executive Chef Clement Gelas. 
    www.parkcitywaldorfastoria.com

     
  • On May 20, 2013
    Susan Kime answered the question: Susan Kime

    What is the best shopping in Salt Lake City?

    City Creek Center/Taubman Associates City Creek Center in downtown Salt Lake City, opened on March 22, 2012. The $1.5-2B City Creek Project is one largest mixed-use developments in the U.S. City Creek is a sustainably designed, walkable, urban community of residences, offices, and retail stores on 20 acres of land spread across three blocks in downtown Salt Lake City. City Creek Center has been Silver LEED Certified.  City Creek Center is south of Temple Square, and features more than 90 stores and restaurants, one third are new to Salt Lake.  Porsche Design, Tiffany, Michael Kors, Anthropologie, and Brooks Brothers are just a few. City Creek has a fully retractable skylight roof, a skybridge over Main Street connecting the east and west sides of the Center. There are six acres of green space, two 18 foot waterfalls, the 1,200-foot namesake creek, three electronically controlled fountains, and a 5,000-space underground parking structure. Shops and restaurants are closed on Sundays, with the exception of the Cheesecake Factory and Texas de Brazil restaurants.

    The Gateway is another excellent shopping center, with 125 retail shops and 23 restaurants. It also has the Clark Planetarium, a 12-screen multiplex theater, and the Discovery Gateway Children's Museum. The East entrance to the Gateway is the historic Union Pacific Depot, built in 1908-1909. It still has high arched ceilings and a Grand Hall. The Depot opens out to the Gateway, which features The Olympic Plaza and Olympic Fountain, commemorating the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games. The fountain has water jets that shoot different size streams, often choreographed to music. Children love this in the summer.

    Here are some excellent specialty stores, not in shopping centers or malls:

    The Chalk Garden Co-Op
    Right up the street from City Creek, still on the Main Street block is The Chalk Garden Co-Op. This store sells unusual one of a kind antique and designer jewelry, art prints, clothing, and shoes — it is a 5,600-square-foot store  that was formerly a bank. It has 16-foot ceilings, marble floors and dressing rooms that were once bank safes. 

    TP Gallery
    The T.P. Gallery first opened in 1974, and carries only authentic Native American items. Most of the items in the gallery are from local Utah artists, and other Native American artists from neighboring states. The Gallery carries turquoise jewelry, sand paintings, baskets, rugs, beadwork. It is located at 252 S. Main, Salt Lake City. Call 801-364-2961 for more info.

    The Old Flamingo
    This shop is an actual artist collective, with 17 local artists showing their specialized work in furniture and home accessories. Each piece of furniture is a work of art in itself, and if there is a piece of furniture at home that you just can't get rid of, you can commission one of these artists to transform or refurbish it. 




    Roundy Boots
    Don Roundy has been crafting handmade leather boots, dress shoes, and sandals for over 30 years. He custom builds the boots to your feet. He also makes saddles. No matter how your foot is shaped, Roundy can make a comfortable, colorful (or not) pair of boots that will last a very, very, long time.   
  • On May 20, 2013
    Susan Kime answered the question: Susan Kime

    What are the best activities to do in Salt Lake City?

    Salt Lake City CVB The largest attraction in Utah is Temple Square, home to the World Headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints. There are many activites to do at Temple Square, in addition to admiring the Great Mormon Temple. The Tabernacle, right next to the Temple, is where the Mormon Tabernacle Choir sings on Sunday, and rehearses on Thursday nights at 8pm. The public is welcome. The Church History Museum has an interactive exhibit for children, and tours can be taken of the historic Beehive House, home to one of the famous 19th century Church leaders, Brigham Young. The Family History Library is also a fascinating place, where you can actually discover more of your personal family history, through the voluminous collections of birth and death records. In the spring and summer, you can walk around the gardens that surround the 35 acres of Temple Square. There are 250 flowerbeds, with more than 700 varieties of plants that have collected from all over the world. If you visit around Christmas, the light and nativity displays are dazzling. 

    Tracy Aviary and Liberty Park
    This is a place where you can be educated about birds, though it is occasionally a bit noisy with birdcalls. With eight acres of aviary home to 135 species of birds, peacocks walk through the public areas, as if they owned the place. Oh, wait — they do! Liberty Park is where Tracy Aviary is located, and many activities are available in its 80 acres. The children can enjoy the water features, or play in one of the parks. There are some live shows that include some of the birds, and also a lake with paddleboat rentals. 

    The Hogle Zoo
    More than 800 animals live at the Hogle Zoo, on 42 acres, at the mouth of Emigration Canyon. Some great exhibits are the Elephant Encounter, featuring a family of elephants and Asian Highlands, home to leopards, tigers and other large cats. There is a carousel ride and interactive animal shows for children, also.

    Mill Creek Canyon

    For those who like to hike, there are trails at Mill Creek that suit professionals, beginners and families of hikers. The Pipeline Trails is an easy hike, about six miles, and has great views. In winter, there is exceptional skiing and snowshoeing. There is also Grandeur Peak, that rises to 8,299 feet, and at the end, has a panoramic view of the Salt Lake Valley. Mill Creek Canyon is dog friendly: even numbered days dogs can be on leash, odd numbered days, dogs can be off-leash on trails only. There are 10 major picnic areas, and a mountain Yurt. In winter, The Yurt can be rented, and proves a primitive winter camping experience for between four and eight people.

  • On May 20, 2013
    Susan Kime answered the question: Susan Kime

    What are the best kids’ activities in Salt Lake City?

    Clark Planetarium Exterior/Courtesy Clark Planetarium The fact is, Salt Lake City is one of the most child-friendly cities on Earth.  The activities described below are all those my children loved.  These places provide activities where children can learn while they play, and, as regards Taffy Town, well, they can learn the history, as well as how to make (and eat) Saltwater Taffy.  The best of all possible worlds!

    The Hogle Zoo
    This Zoo has been in Salt Lake since 1931, and is at the mouth of historic Emigration Canyon. It covers 42 acres, and has more than 800 animals.  The Zoo's most memorable exhibits are the Elephant Encounter, the Zoo Train and the Conservation Carousel. Their Primate collection is impressive also.

    The Leonardo
    The Leonardo is a contemporary science/technology museum that explores the connections between science, technology and art, all the while making these connections interesting and relevant to kids. Located in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City, The Leo is a great place for kids to see one-of-a-kind, interactive exhibits and participate in programs, workshops, and classes.  Recent exhibits include Mummies Of The World, and the Science And Art Of Soapmaking.

    The Clark Planetarium
    This planetarium is a great educational experience for kids — it has many hands-on displays and educational exhibits, but a very unique thing is the Lunar Gravity Simulator, which starts with a 10-minute lesson followed by three minutes of gravity defiance (for kids of all ages up to 250 pounds). There are telescopes than can be tried out, the Hubble Spacecraft can be learned about and the kids can walk on simulated displays of Mars and the Moon. Also, on interactive computers you can test knowledge of outer space. However, the two main attractions are the Planetarium and the IMAX shows. The IMAX films are shown on a screen that is five stories high, with 3D imagery.

    Taffy Town
    Large, colorful letters let kids and family know they have indeed arrived at the Taffy Town factory store. The Glade family has been in business of making salt water taffy since the turn of the century. There is an interesting, partially animated video that kids can see about how this candy is actually made.  And there are free samples to be had, in truly unique flavors and designs.

    Lagoon
    Lagoon is a large amusement park about 15 miles north of Salt Lake City near the town of Farmington. Lagoon has a lot of history, as it is been operating since 1896; the carousel since 1906, and the wooden roller coaster since 1921.  Spread over six acres, it has everything from classic children's waterpark rides, as well as tube rafting and water slides. There are also serious roller coasters, plus many arcade games and food vendors. There is also a replica Pioneer Village, and often there is live music in the pavilions and in the Lagoon Opera House.
     
     
  • On May 20, 2013
    Susan Kime answered the question: Susan Kime

    What are the best bars in Salt Lake City?

    Zest Organic Cocktails from Zest Kitchen & Bar The Zest Kitchen And Bar
    This spot is one of the newer eateries in downtown Salt Lake City. It is an interesting combination of organic, locally and regionally sourced lunches and dinners, and has a farm to table mission/vision. It also has one of the largest selections of organic wines in Utah, and has unusual, great tasting cocktails. Here are a few below — tried and tested!
    • The Jalapeño Margarita is made with cucumber with jalapeño, Patron, Patron Citronage and Agave. 
    • Prosecco is served with with fruit and rosemary.
    • The Nutty X is a mix of almond milk, vanilla vodka, frangelico and coffee liqueur. 

    The Speakeasy at the Avenues Bistro On Third
    The Speakeasy is in the basement of Avenues Bistro on 3rd Avenue in Salt Lake. It is an intimate, slightly gritty, small place that was originally constructed in 1905, and the story goes, used to really be a speakeasy. Drinks are excellent, the The Blues Jam on Monday Night is fun…and the Bee Hive Martini is fabulous. It doesn't have a website, but it does have a Facebook page.

    The Red Door
    This is a non-smoking lounge that serves wine, aperitifs, whiskies, and martinis (which are categorized as 'medium' and 'high octane' on the menu). The experience was unique and fun, as were the martinis. Here are some samples: under the 'high octane' nomenclature, there is the Pomegranate Martini, the Carmel Apple Martini, the Antifreeze Martini (!); under 'medium octane', there is the Carrot Cake Martini, the Death By Chocolate Martini and the one-of-a-kind Butterscotch Sundae Martini. There are many, many more flavors and colors. 
  • On May 20, 2013
    Susan Kime answered the question: Susan Kime

    What are the best bars in Salt Lake City?

    Zest Organic Cocktails from Zest Kitchen & Bar The Zest Kitchen And Bar
    This spot is one of the newer eateries in downtown Salt Lake City. It is an interesting combination of organic, locally and regionally sourced lunches and dinners, and has a farm to table mission/vision. It also has one of the largest selections of organic wines in Utah, and has unusual, great tasting cocktails. Here are a few below — tried and tested!
    The Jalapeño Margarita is made with cucumber with jalapeño, Patron, Patron Citronage and Agave. 
    Prosecco is served with with fruit and rosemary.
    The Nutty X is a mix of almond milk, vanilla vodka, frangelico and coffee liqueur. 

    The Speakeasy at the Avenues Bistro On Third
    The Speakeasy is in the basement of the Avenues Bistro on 3rd Avenue in Salt Lake. It is an intimate, slightly gritty, small place that was originally constructed in 1905, and the story goes, used to really be a Speakeasy. Drinks are excellent, the The Blues Jam on Monday Night is fun…and the Bee Hive Martini is fabulous. It doesn't have a website, but it does have a Facebook page:
    Facebook.com/AvenuesBistroOnThird

    The Red Door
    This is a non-smoking lounge that serves wine, aperitifs, whiskies, and martinis, and the last in Medium and High Octane.  We had never seen these Martini strengths described this way on a menu. The experience was unique and fun, as were the martinis.  Here are some samples:  under the High Octane nomenclature, there is the  Pomegranate Martini, the Carmel Apple Martini, the Antifreeze Martini (!!); under the Medium Octane, there is the Carrot Cake Martini, the Death By Chocolate Martini and the one-of-a-kind Butterscotch Sundae Martini.  There are many, many more flavors and colors. 
    www.behindthereddoor.com